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Chinese in duolingo

The Chinese in duolingo is actually quite good! It teaches you simplified Chinese, so when you go to Mainland China, you can understand signs and their language. Unfortunately, duolingo doesn’t include traditional Chinese. Traditional Chinese can come in handy in Taiwan (where I live) and at times, HK. Duolingo should add traditional Chinese. This is like classical chiense

November 5, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

There is no need to post the same comment three times.

Duolingo should add traditional Chinese. This is like classical chiense

'Traditional Chinese' is merely a character set for writing Mandarin. Classical Chinese has a considerably different syntax and largely different vocabulary to Mandarin, but can be written in either character set. I'd love to see a Classical Chinese course, although it would be an 'alternative answers' nightmare...

November 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/bobgirl10

Sorry, there is a slight malfunction on my parents computer, because it makes me post of a comment 3 times.

December 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Y4M91

Well, prior to Duolingo's Chinese course, I have studied the language in school for about 8 years. I did say that although we studied Simplified Chinese, most of us did not have trouble reading and understanding the Traditional characters too.

It did be nice if Duolingo includes a Classical Chinese course, but I don't think it is coming anytime soon. In school, we did touched on certain aspects of Classical Chinese and have studied some classical poems. It is definitely very different from the Chinese we use and speak nowadays. Classical Chinese is harder to understand and to analyse a sentence, it requires a lot of skill. Perhaps, an alternative would be to create a Classical Chinese course for Chinese speakers, which would probably already be a nightmare for us.

November 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/lala7402

what is traditional Chinese? (i have just started learning the language so forgive me if a sound stupid) it does sound very fun tho!!! i will give you a lingot to agree

November 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Y4M91

traditional chinese is basically just another form of writing. if I'm not wrong, simplified chinese only came about in the early 20th century, to help to reduce the percentage of illiterate people. so it means that simplified chinese is meant to be easier for people to read and write. some examples include:

學校 : 学校 (school) 鉛筆:铅笔 (pencil) 電腦:电脑 (computer)

currently, china has switched to use simplified chinese characters while hong kong and taiwan still uses traditional characters. hope this helps ;)

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/lala7402

thanks... (;

November 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/bobgirl10

It is another form of Chinese.

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/bobgirl10

Traditional Chinese is the first ever Chinese, simplified is the one you learn on duolingo. They made it in the 19s because they thought traditional Chinese is too 複雜(don’t know English version use google translate)

December 4, 2018

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Traditional Chinese is the first ever Chinese, and duolingo should definitely add it.

November 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/bobgirl10

Also, give me a thumbs up or a comment if you agree

November 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/bobgirl10

Thanks for all the lingots! It helped me a great deal

November 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/lala7402

no prob......

November 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/bobgirl10

:)

December 4, 2018
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